I am a pale passionate Pilgrim evoked from the dust and the dark.
In my brain are the molten ivories of the dawn, in my heart the brooding desire for thee.
Whispers of the purple hours to come, whispers of the white eternities past,
Draw me hither and thither and nowhither.
Ah me! shall I rest here a while on the chubby round earth or travel back to the ivoried eternities?
Stand I thus at pause,
I, a pale passionate Pilgrim evoked from the dust and the dark.
BENJAMIN DE CASSERES
From The Shadow-Eater (Boni)
Strong: The Poetry Journal, “Selections from New Books,” Nov. 1915, Vol. IV No. 3,